Preservation (Digital)

Safeguarding the Audio Heritage: Ethics, Principles and Preservation Strategy (web edition) | IASA

In an increasingly digital environment, members of IASA and the archival community at large have been asking how to safeguard the audiovisual heritage. The Technical Committee of the International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives (IASA) has prepared these general guidelines to help meet these requests.

ARSC Guide to Audio Preservation — Council on Library and Information Resources

Commissioned for and sponsored by the National Recording Preservation Board of the Library of Congress. Copublished by the Association for Recorded Sound Collections, the Council on Library and Information Resources, and The Library of Congress

The ARSC Guide to Audio Preservation is a practical introduction to caring for and preserving audio collections. It is aimed at individuals and institutions that have recorded sound collections but lack the expertise in one or more areas to preserve them.

Data Management & Curation

ICPSR stores, curates, and provides access to scientific data so others can reuse the data and validate research findings. Curation, from the Latin "to care," is the process that ICPSR uses to add value to data, maximize access, and ensure long-term preservation.

The Digital POWRR Project—A Final Report to the Institute of Museum and Library Services

The POWRR project investigated and reported on scalable digital preservation (DP) solutions for small and mid-sized institutions often faced with small staff sizes, restricted IT infrastructures, and tight budgets. Its major deliverable, a white paper, has been well-received and widely read. During the investigation, POWRR uncovered the particular challenges and needs of under-resourced institutions and worked to address and overcome obstacles that often prevent practitioners from taking initial steps in preserving digital content.

New Case Study: Digital Preservation Strategies for a Small Private College

Well established “best practices” in digital preservation (DP) do little to address day-to-day realities in repositories that cannot dedicate funds or staff to DP workflows. What can a Lone Arranger do to ensure good stewardship for born digital and digitized institutional records before a complete preservation system is in place?

ArchivesSpace-Archivematica-DSpace Workflow Integration: Maximizing Microservices in Workflows

Today I wanted to talk a little (maybe a lot?) about our development of ingest and processing workflows for digital archives at the Bentley Historical Library, with a focus on the role of microservices.
Workflow Resources

VeraPDF | Definitive PDF/A verification | PREFORMA Project

REFORMA's aim is to address the challenge of implementing standardised file formats for preserving data content in the long term. The project's primary objective is to give memory institutions full control of the process of the conformity tests of files to be ingested into preservation repositories. The selection of suppliers follows the evaluation of designs developed from November 2014 - February 2015.

Putting the Puzzle Pieces Together: Forming UH Libraries Digital Preservation Landscape

As more institutions digitize rare and unique materials and acquire born digital objects, the need for a robust and sustainable digital preservation program is critical for long-term access to this content. In the summer of 2014, the University of Houston Libraries established a Digital Preservation Task Force to create a digital preservation policy and identify strategies, actions, and tools needed to preserve digital assets maintained by UH Libraries.

Binder: A New Tool for Managing Digital Preservation

MoMA Digital Repository Manager, Ben Fino-Radin, demonstrates Binder, a new system for managing the preservation of digital collections, designed and built by MoMA and Artefactual Systems.
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Saving the digital record | Harvard Gazette

When digital becomes dinosaur, most people simply get inconvenienced. But librarians and archivists get seriously concerned.
Ensuring that digital content — whether it’s a short story by John Updike or a very rare audio recording of a vanished Native American language — lives on past its initial platform is one of the most pressing issues in preservation science. Harvard is one of a handful of cultural institutions in the first wave of adopting a technology and process to preserve its digital content.